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Nikita Rukavytsya ( ) (born 22 June 1987) in Mykolayivmarker, Ukrainemarker) is an Ukrainian-Australian football player currently playing for Eredivisie club FC Twente as a Winger.

Club career

Born in Ukrainemarker, Rukavytsya's family moved to Australia when he was 14 years old, settling in Perth. He played junior football for Inglewood United and Perth SC in the Western Australia State League while attending Mount Lawleymarker Senior High School, before being offered a spot at the Australian Institute of Sportmarker on a football scholarship.

He joined Perth Glory on a short-term replacement deal in the latter stages of the 2006/2007 A-League season, making three appearances for the club. In March 2007, he signed a contract with the Glory to keep him at the club until the end of the 08/09 season.

After an excellent pre-season, the start of the 2007/08 A-League season was difficult for both Rukavytsya and Perth Glory. However, with the departure of coach Ron Smith, Rukavytsya turned his form around starting by scoring two goals against the Newcastle United Jets in David Mitchell's first game as coach and another two goals against Melbourne Victory at home on December 2, 2007. By the end of the 2007/08 season Rukavytsya managed to score six goals in the last eight games of the campaign.

In April 2008 he was invited to trial with Hannover 96 in Germany. It ultimately proved unsuccessful, and he returned to Perth Glory for the start of the 2008/09 season.

In January 2009 he undertook a week long trial at Dutch club FC Twente. After the last game of the 2008/09 season, it was announced that he would officially be transferring to FC Twente in a transfer deal rumoured to be worth AU$1,200,000.

Rukavytsya scored his first goal for FC Twente in the club's 8-0 Dutch Cup drubbing of SC Joure.

International career

While eligible to play for Ukraine, he decided to play for Australia and in 2008, represented Australia in the Australian U-23's Olympic Team at the 2008 Summer Olympics, locking his commitment to Australia.

After a good end to the 2007/08 season he earned himself a place in the Olyroos squad for the Beijing Olympics and a Socceroos call-up.

Rukavytsya scored in a warm-up game for the Olyroos against Adelaide United. He also scored his first international goal for the Australian U-23's, in their 3-0 win over Croatian U-23's at the Intercontinental Cup in Malaysia on 16 May 2008.

Career stats

All-Time Club Performance
Club Season League Cup Europe/Asia

App Goals App Goals App Goals App  Goals
Perth Glory 06-07 3 0 - - - - 3 0
07-08 20 6 4 1 - - 24 7
08-09 19 10 4 3 - - 23 13
Total 42 16 8 4 - - 50 20
Twente 08-09 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
09-10 2 0 2 2 2 0 6 2
Total 5 0 2 2 2 0 9 2
Career Totals 47 16 10 6 2 0 59 22


Personal Honours:


  1. Perth Glory looks Local
  2. Rukavytsya double gives Glory first win of the season
  3. Victory vanquished on a day out for the Glory
  4. Nikita's Bundesliga Trial With Hannover
  5. Glory holds onto Rukavytsya
  6. Perth Glory striker Nikita Rukavytsya to trial for Dutch club
  7. Nikita back to silence Roar
  8. Rukavytsya confirms dutch deal
  9. Million dollar Nik goes Dutch
  10. Rukavytsya off the mark
  11. Interview: Nikita Rukavytsya
  12. Players have a chance to impress
  13. Olyroos send Croatia packing

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